I should mention that the headline for this post is completely inaccurate and understated because it’s hard for me to even classify a child predator like R. Kelly as a “person” when he is simply a famous, songwriting pedophile.
Recently, coinciding with the release of Kelly’s new album Black Panties, Village Voice journalist Jim DeRogatis reminded us of the exact way R. Kelly exploited underage black girls at his former high school, Kenwood Academy.
DeRogatis writes that R. Kelly used to visit his alma mater with the purpose of recruiting sexual partners who he would woo with new shoes and trips to the recording studio.
One girl who spent nearly three years as R. Kelly’s “girlfriend” tried to slit her wrists after he left her while another was impregnated by the singer and driven to the abortion clinic by members of his entourage.
And then there’s the tape of him peeing on a 13-year-old girl. It is undeniably him in the video, yet people like Lady Gaga have either completely forgotten about R. Kelly’s past or were never fully educated on it from the start, which makes sense because while he was technically “caught,” he was never punished.
In 2008, a jury in Illinois found him not guilty of 14 counts of child pornography-related charges. Just days ago Kelly responded to DeRogatis’ reminder to fans unapologetically.
“As long as I got my fans screaming my name around the world and buying my records, and supporting R. Kelly, everybody who doesn’t agree with it should listen to the last song on ‘Black Panties’ [‘Shut Up’],” he told Atlanta radio station V-103 on Monday.
Basically, he knows he did it and worse yet, that he got away with it and is still famous.